1966 in the United Kingdom

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1966 in the United Kingdom:
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Events from the year 1966 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January - March[edit]

April - June[edit]

July - September[edit]

October - December[edit]

  • 4 October – Basutoland becomes independent and takes the name Lesotho.[25]
  • 18 October – The Ford Cortina MK2 is launched.[26]
  • 20 October – In economic news. 437,229 people are reported to be unemployed in Britain – a rise of some 100,000 on last month's figures.
  • 21 October – Aberfan disaster in South Wales, 144 (including 116 children) killed by collapsing coal spoil tip.[27]
  • 22 October
  • 25 October – Spain closes its Gibraltar border against vehicular traffic.
  • 5 November – Thirty-eight African states demand that the United Kingdom use force against Rhodesian government.
  • 9 November – The Rootes Group launches the Hillman Hunter, a four-door family saloon to compete with the Austin 1800, Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Victor.
  • 15 November – Harry Roberts is arrested near London and charged with the murder of three policemen in August.
  • 16 November – The BBC television drama Cathy Come Home, filmed in a docudrama style, is broadcast on BBC1. Viewed by a quarter of the British population, it is considered influential on public attitudes to homelessness and the related social issues it deals with.[29]
  • 24 November – Unemployment sees another short rise, now standing at 531,585.
  • 30 November – Barbados achieves independence.[30]
  • 1 December – Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith negotiate on HMS Tiger in Mediterranean.
  • 12 December – Harry Roberts, John Whitney and John Duddy are sentenced to life imprisonment (each with a recommended minimum of thirty years) for the murder of three policemen in West London.
  • 20 December – Harold Wilson withdraws all his previous offers to Rhodesian government and announces that he agrees to independence only after the founding of black majority government.
  • 22 December – Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith declares that he considers that Rhodesia is already a republic.
  • 31 December – Thieves steal millions of pounds worth of paintings from Dulwich Art Gallery in London.

Undated[edit]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

January - March[edit]

April - June[edit]

July - September[edit]

October - December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nock, O. S. (1965). Britain's New Railway: Electrification of the London-Midland main lines from Euston to Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Liverpool and Manchester. Shepperton: Ian Allan.  OCLC 59003738
  2. ^ "UK politicians assaulted in Rhodesia". BBC News. 12 January 1966. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  3. ^ "New nuclear reactor for Dounreay". BBC News. 9 February 1966. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Britain to go decimal in 1971". BBC News. 1 March 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  5. ^ a b Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0. 
  6. ^ "Slight Risk for Mr. Wilson". Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio). 30 March 1966. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Harold Wilson wins sweeping victory". BBC News. 31 March 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, David (2006). "'The Youngest Legend in History': Cultures of Consumption and the Mythologies of Swinging London". The London Journal 31: 1–14. doi:10.1179/174963206X113089. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Title reclaimed after Chelsea win". LiverpoolFC.tv. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  10. ^ "Moors murderers jailed for life". BBC News. 6 May 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Emergency laws over seamen's strike". BBC On This Day. 23 May 1966. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  13. ^ Guyana entry at The World Factbook. Retrieved on 2008-02-03.
  14. ^ The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (2009). "The U.K. Singles Chart Number Ones". Graham Calkin's Beatles Pages. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  15. ^ a b Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 424–425. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2. 
  16. ^ "Arrests in London after Vietnam rally". BBC News. 3 July 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  17. ^ "Euston staff 'colour bar' ended". BBC News. 15 July 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  18. ^ "Football glory for England". BBC News. 30 July 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  19. ^ Revoir, Paul (7 October 2008). "The most watched TV shows of all time – and they are all old programmes". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  20. ^ "Thirty years on from the first £1m transfer Sportsmail looks at the record-breakers", Daily Mail, February 2009, retrieved 2013-03-05 
  21. ^ "The Beatles, Revolver". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  22. ^ Hutchins, Michael H. (14 August 2006). "A Tom Stoppard Bibliography: Chronology". The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  23. ^ "Death notices - Rest in Peace - 1960s and 1970s". Nigel's Webspace - Galleries of English Football Cards 1965/66-1979/80. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  24. ^ Chumbley, Stephen, ed. (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995 (rev. ed.). London: Conway Maritime Press. p. 531. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. 
  25. ^ a b c d The Hutchinson Factfinder. Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1. 
  26. ^ "New Ford Cortina With More Room". The Glasgow Herald. 18 October 1966. p. 6. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  27. ^ "Coal tip buries children in Aberfan". BBC News. 21 October 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  28. ^ "Double-agent breaks out of jail". BBC News. 22 October 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  29. ^ Corner, John. "Cathy Come Home". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  30. ^ Barbados entry at The World Factbook. Retrieved on 2008-02-03.
  31. ^ Harwood, Elain (2003). England: a Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings (rev. ed.). London: Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-8818-2. 
  32. ^ [2][dead link]

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